Pub Jukebox Record No.0068 : 17 Hippies : "Frau von Ungefähr" 
This is a Friday evening selection to send a jolt through the punters' audio senses. The late Charlie Gillett awarded Four Stars to "Heimlich" when he reviewed the CD for The Observer Music Monthly. When Charlie Gillett dished out four stars I sat up and took notice. I hadn't heard of 17 Hippies before but the review had me reaching for my mouse to press the 'add to basket' button on the Amazon website [other online stores are available!]. Accordingly, two days later, when the parcel dropped through the letterbox and the disc was shoved into the player, my life was considerably enhanced when the loudspeakers emitted the most wonderfully eclectic collection of songs. This is an album with which it is almost impossible to tire - there is seemingly something new and fresh to enjoy every time you return for more.
The band are a collective based in Berlin and play their material with a free bohemian spirit. I cannot better Charlie Gillett's references of a mixture of Cajun, Cole Porter, French chanson, and Leonard Cohen - it's all here and more. Inevitably, Bertolt Brecht springs to mind, along with sprinklings of Slavic folk music. There's even a corking cover version of Jerry Lordan's "Apache." Follow the You Tube link to fall in love with accordion player Kiki Sauer.